Picture Books & Resources
Telling the truth isn’t always natural for children. They know honesty is the best option but sometimes that means disappointing an adult. Children may lie to avoid punishment or protect their friends. Teaching children to be truthful in their actions and words helps them develop resilient relationships. Some books below show trustworthy characters who tell the truth. Others focus on characters listening to their conscience and understanding the effects of dishonesty on others.
Honesty Book List
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These resources relate to the book, author and illustrator. The number of resources varies subject to subject. Please check they are appropriate for your specific needs before using them with children. If you have any suggestions please get in touch!
Talking Trees: What is Honesty? information, worksheets and stories
PBS Parents: Teaching Your Five Year Old the Importance of Honesty
Psychology Today: Teaching Your Kids to Be Honest
Kids’ Health: Telling Lies information for children
PBS Parents: Teaching Your Five-Year-Old the Importance of Honesty
Education: Teaching Kids Honesty
Think Virtues: Why Is Honesty Important?
Harvard University: Encouraging Honesty – strategies and resources
Educational Articles and Lesson Plans
Yes*Safe Choices: Tips to Help Teach Honesty
Kids and Values: Truth and Trust Activities
Character First Education: Honesty – Ideas, videos and free downloads
Talking with Trees: Character Education Lesson Plan- Honesty young students
Talking with Trees: Honesty, Conscience Lesson Plan
Livestrong: Fun Activities for Kids on Telling the Truth
Random Acts of Kindness: Honesty and Integrity (Grade 5)
Livestrong: Children’s Activities on Lying
More Books to Explore
The Children’s Library Lady has over 450 picture books on large variety of topics. You will find specific book, author and illustrator information, as well as resources. You can also browse themed books lists and explore all the books on the website. Click on the book covers below to start exploring what the website has to offer.
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